$2.2m flood work funding confirmed

WORK on the $4.4 million flood access improvement to the Monkland and Glanmire is well under way, with the Gympie Regional Council receiving the $2.214 million promised by the State Government in the most recent Royalties for Regions funding.

The council will inject an equal amount into the job.

About 200 businesses and 500 homes at the Monkland/Glanmire are isolated from Gympie once the Mary River rises beyond 16m at Kidd Bridge, stripping the Gympie economy of about $750,000 a day in lost wages and productivity.

The flood mitigation project includes construction of the missing section of Penny Rd to Hyland Rd, at East Deep Creek, and the raising of the road level and replacement of a narrow, load limited timber bridge on Drummond Dr at Glanmire.

"Most of the funding is for Drummond Dr which will see the road raised, bitumen sealed and old loaded limited bridge replaced," Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said.

"Remainder of work approved is for extension of Penny Rd to enable access to Monkland from Cedar Pocket Rd in flood time."